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Ask the Experts: Round the World in 1 Month

I’m very, very excited about this week’s Ask the Experts. Why? Because we’ve got another new Expert on the panel! And you know what that means: new knowledge, new experiences, and new ideas. Welcome to Claire from STA Travel Brighton, who joins Sarah from our Covent Garden store, and Paul from STA Travel Aberdeen in our all new line up.

We’ve got a great question for Claire’s first week, one that should resonate with all you worker bees out there:

I want to do a round the world trip, but I can only get a month off work. How can I make the most of my time away? I definitely want to go to Australia, but am open to ideas for other destinations. Jennie in London

Ah, I know the feeling, Jennie. Experts, can you give Jen some light at the end of her tunnel? Can she go on a round the world trip AND keep her job? Let’s find out.

Claire Whittington at STA Travel Brighton says…

I would recommend making the most of the great stopovers you can get on the way to Australia, Jennie. Why not head straight for Johannesburg, South Africa for a 4-day Kruger and Private Game Lodge Safari. What other stopover would give you great weather, yummy South African Braiis (BBQs) AND lions, rhinos and elephants? Plus, with only an hour time difference between here and the UK, you can get straight into enjoying yourself instead of catching up on sleep.

From here you can head Down Under, and go via Perth to the Red Centre to experience all that Outback Australia has to offer: camp under the stars, listen to ancient Aboriginal stories and marvel at sunset over Uluru.

Watch the sunset at Uluru, an experience not to be missed

After this, the east coast is a natural next stop, for diving at the Great Barrier Reef, cuddling koalas at Australia Zoo and testing your nerves with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. And don’t forget my personal favourite… seeing the iconic Ramsey Street and meeting your favourite Neighbours stars on the Neighbours tour in Melbourne!

After all that, you’re going to need some beach time, so treat yourself to some well deserved r and r. Not only so you’ll be completely ready to go back to work, but also so your colleagues will be super jealous of your tan! So head to Fiji and blow your budget on a traditional beach front Bure at the Outrigger on the Lagoon.

Fiji: did someone say paradise beaches?

Take advantage of the butler service, 7 restaurants and bars, or relax with a facial at the spa. All this and I’ve not even mentioned the gorgeous beach you can spend your last few days chilling out on!

Sarah Jones at STA Travel Covent Garden says…

If Australia is a defo, Jennie, then I would dedicate most of your time there; it’s a fantastic place and a ginormous island, after all!

Why not start somewhere a little bit different like Darwin in the Northern Territory; here you get to see a bit of real rugged Australia, where the weather is hot and dry (apart from the wet season!), the soil is deep red and the people have a certain charm.

You could spend a good 2 weeks exploring your way through the natural wonders of the Northern Territory; around Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, and Kings Canyon down to Alice Springs.

From here you could work your way south down to the state of South Australia, where the Flinders Ranges lye and wine regions of the Barossa Valley roam. Next on route is the south east coastline towards Victoria, otherwise known as the Great Ocean Road, which holds some of Australia’s most beautiful spots, such as the Twelve Apostles and Wilson’s Promontory.

Not your average country drive, hey?

Once in Victoria you have to experience buzzy Melbourne – home to great coffee, international cuisine and loads of art and culture. Sydney is obviously one on most travellers’ Aussie bucket lists so why not make your way up to here and finish with the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.

A great way to do an itinerary such as this is the 22-day Darwin Safari to Sydney trip. You’ll get the most out of the NT, South Australia and Victoria, meaning you won’t miss a thing!

You mentioned that you wanted to explore other destinations. Well, how about a week in Japan en route home?

Experience a whole new culture in Japan

A complete culture clash to Australia, Japan reveals a stunning mix of traditional oriental wonders, from its temples, to its gardens and winding alleyways, to the super-modern, seen in Japan’s bullet trains, high-rises and great shopping. Feeling active? You could Climb Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, and marvel at the views from the summit, and finish your trip on the ultimate high.

Wow, thanks Experts! Inspiring stuff. Check out more Round The World info here or if you’re still looking for our Experts to inspire you, you can Email us with your question, and they’ll answer it right here on the STA Travel Blog.
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Showing 15 Comments

  1. diane green

    I’m looking to get away over christmas and new year with my three children age 21, 18 and 15. Have friends in Melborne quite fancy new year in Sydney would like to do another country or place in Aus as well. Can travel between 14th dec and 9th Jan could be flexible on dates, can you help?

    2035 days ago
    • Hi Diane, are you looking for a quote on flights? We can definitely help you with that – you can get in touch with our team of Travel Experts on 0800 988 4248, or email for a quote using this form:


      2035 days ago
  2. teri crawford

    hi, i am looking to go away in january, but i will be alone. how can i meet people who are also going alone so we can accompany each other? do people do this? x

    2032 days ago
    • Nikki

      I am also looking to go away myself and wondered if people would be doing the same thing, and if there are any ways of meeting. I think i am going around march time though and was looking to do a round the world trip in 2/3 months

      2031 days ago
    • Hey Teri, how about joining a group adventure tour? They’re such a great way to meet like minded travellers, I can’t recommend them enough. You can view all the tours that we offer here:

      2030 days ago
  3. scott in leeds

    40 year old guy looking to travel from 8th december 2012 to 5th january 2013 preferably 4 or 5 desintations was thinking bankok, bali, sydney, perth and fiji can someone give advice or quotes on flights also any other travellers looking to do similar destinations feel free to get intouch,

    2013 days ago
    • Hey Scott, no problem. We’ve got two stores in Leeds: Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 988 4248 or fire us an email:

      If I were you, I’d consider a round the world ticket, and be looking at adding in a stop in LA or NYC on your way back to the UK from Fiji. Happy days! Let me know if you need any more info.

      2011 days ago
  4. Danielle

    Me and and my friend, both mid 20′s want to travel for 3 months and would like to go to places with good beaches and cultures/activities. Not wanting to stick to a certain area for the entire time. If anyone has any idea’s please help!!

    1997 days ago
  5. Sue Emery

    When would flights be available to book if we wanted to return from Australia towards the end of July 2013. Our travel plans from UK are being considered leaving sometime in April 2013

    1995 days ago
    • Hi Sue, we can book flights up to 11 months in advance – so give it a month or so and then give us a call on 0800 988 4248 and we’ll sort you out with some flights!

      1995 days ago
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  7. Charlotte

    Hi I’m look at traveling one to three months, would love to travell to America, thiland, austrial, Fiji, and maybe china if possible to see the Great Wall of china. If you could help with quots and help with ideas on where to visit that would be great thanks.

    1673 days ago
  8. keith mc greal

    hi I an looking for advice thinking of going traveling for 3months maybe june july and august just wondering whats the best travl route you could give me and how much it would cost a rough estimate thank you.

    1363 days ago
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